Preparedness information for people with disabilities
An emergency can happen anywhere and anytime.
That's why it's critical that everyone takes steps to protect themselves and make sure they can stay safe and healthy. If you're living with a disability, there are a few extra tips you should keep in mind to get prepared.
To help you get started, APHA's Get Ready campaign has created this series of fact sheets. Read, download or listen to them for basic tips on getting ready for emergencies.
Free fact sheets to download and share
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Websites with additional preparedness information for people with disabilities
• American Association of the Deaf-Blind
• Federal Emergency Management Agency
• National Organization on Disability
• ADA.gov (Guide for local governments)
• Department of Health and Human Services (tips for first responders)
• American Red Cross
• Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
• New Jersey Council of the Blind
• Oregon's Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit For People with Disabilities (PDF)
Podcasts on preparedness for people with disabilities
“Preparing for disasters: Information for people with disabilities:" Danielle Bailey, MPH, research assistant at the Oregon Office on Disability and Health, speaks about disaster preparedness for people living with disabilites. Bailey offers tips on sheltering in place, preparing a disaster kit, dealing with power and communication service outages and more.
Read a Get Ready Q&A based on this interview, or listen to our two-part podcast:
• Play podcast, part 1
• Read transcript, part 1
• Play podcast, part 2
• Read transcript, part 2
For more podcasts from APHA's Get Ready campaign, see our podcasts page.
More fact sheets from Get Ready
For more free fact sheets from APHA's Get Ready campaign, see our fact sheet page.
(Our thanks to APHA's Disability Section for consulting with the Get Ready campaign on these materials!)